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  • Abraham Felmley killed a man, then himself, Huntington Beach police believe.


    A Sacramento firefighter directs crew members as they work on hot spots at a burned house in which the bodies of Chesley Felmley, 84, and his son Dennis Porter Felmley, 64, were found. Officials confirm that both men had suffered violent injuries.

Huntington Beach police: Suspect in Florin-area house fire appears to have taken own life

Published: Thursday, Jul. 25, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Thursday, Jul. 25, 2013 - 9:39 am

Huntington Beach police say it appears the suspect sought in connection with a Florin-area house fire killed another man at a park in the Southern California community, then turned the gun on himself.

The body of 32-year-old Abraham Felmley, a parolee who had failed to report to supervision as ordered, was found Tuesday in Huntington Beach with that of another man, identified Wednesday by police as Robert Andres Duran, 49, of Huntington Beach.

In a posting on the department's Facebook page, Huntington Beach police said detectives believe Felmley shot and killed Duran in the heavily wooded park before taking his own life.

They said a weapon was recovered at the scene, but it is not known whether that weapon was involved in the deaths of Felmley's grandfather and uncle at the Florin-area house Monday morning, or a carjacking that afternoon in Merced.

In that incident, a man matching Felmley's description carjacked a Toyota Camry, authorities said. The carjacker got out of a white pickup, approached a man fishing near Highway 152 and demanded the victim's phone and keys at gunpoint.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said the thief's truck was a vehicle from the Florin-area house.

Bodies of two relatives of Felmley were discovered Monday in a Florin-area house fire. Those victims suffered violent injuries, sheriff's officials confirmed Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a Southern California woman who said she had become Facebook friends with Felmley related that he recently dyed his hair orange, perhaps to resemble James Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people last year in a Colorado movie theater.

Felmley's grandfather, Chesley Felmley, 84, and uncle, Dennis P. Felmley, 64, were found Monday in the remains of a burned French Road house in south Sacramento County.

Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos said the official cause of death has yet to be determined. However, "both victims sustained injuries that were caused by something other than the fire."

The older man suffered blunt force trauma, perhaps the result of a beating. Ramos said the motive for the killings may never be known.

The young woman who developed a Facebook relationship with Abraham Felmley said he recently appeared to have mental issues. Hope D. Bennett, 19, of Whittier in Los Angeles County, said she was sickened by the news of Felmley's death and the killing of the three other men.

Bennett said that in Facebook messages Felmley stated, "I'm just trying to get some stuff of mine back" from his family and that he was being "treated like an outcast in the meantime."

"One of the last things he said was that he was getting sick of video games," said Bennett, who said she interpreted that to mean he was going to act out violent games in real life.

Bennett said she and Felmley have mutual acquaintances but she never met him face-to-face. However, she claimed that he recently visited Whittier, staying with one of her friends. That visit did not end well, Bennett said. "She said he flipped out at her," Bennett said.

Bennett was planning to meet Felmley but decided not to because in Facebook pictures "he really resembled James Holmes, dyeing his hair bright orange. My gut feeling was I didn't want to go that route."

Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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